We don’t need to remind you what an unusual year it has been. A year that has been consumed by news of lockdowns, confusion around tiers and too much time sitting within the same four walls. But if there’s one beautiful silver lining among all of the chaos and worry, it’s the small acts of kindness we’ve seen between families, key workers, friends and strangers.
We want to inspire you to continue the kindness right through the year, for a reason like birthdays or anniversaries, or for no reason at all. By thinking consciously about where you spend your money and the businesses you choose to support, you can make yourself feel good too. This past year has shown us our true power as consumers to shape the kind of world we want to live in. And when it comes to giving, what better gift is there than one that has a lasting impact on the planet and its people?
Using recycled materials where possible and small-batch designs that are kind to the earth, Ana Luisa creates beautiful pieces of jewellery with an equally beautiful backstory. Whether you’re on the hunt for some staple hoop earrings or an elaborate statement necklace, it won’t take you long to fall in love with an Ana Luisa piece… and best of all, you can wear it knowing that these pieces have been made with the utmost commitment to craftsmanship and the environment – they are the first direct-to-consumer jewellery brand to become entirely carbon neutral.
For many of us – particularly in these cold lockdown months – snuggled up in bed is our favourite place to be. So of course, it makes sense to invest in such a cherished and sacred space, right? Originally founded by Jessica Mason from the comfort of her mother’s shed, Piglet believes that a beautiful home is a comfortable home. They have proudly developed a range of high-quality linens – for sleeping, for lounging and for furnishing. Sustainable production and bedsheets that age gracefully by getting softer and softer with every wear? Sounds like a recipe for a good night’s sleep!
Living Naturally was founded in 2006 with the mission to be kind to two specific things, the first being sensitive skin, and the second being our planet. Committed to helping people live a more mindful and cruelty-free life, this family-run business offers an environmentally friendly answer to cleaning your house, your hair, your clothes, and whatever else might need a natural bit of sparkle. Using dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap, Living Naturally boasts a range of beautifully handcrafted soapnut products that are natural, non-polluting and compostable (and smell great too!). The perfect gift for those friends or family who are just impossible to buy for.
When it comes to luxury loungewear, it doesn’t get much chicer than this . . . Riley Studio is an environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle brand that creates gender-neutral wardrobe staples and hand-crafted accessories, all of which are made with the environment in mind. The collections are designed to be comfortable, durable and versatile – thereby limiting the number of clothes you need in your wardrobe and the frequency at which you need to buy new pieces. Their new collection boasts a number of recycled cashmere pieces that don’t compromise on comfort and style and are perfect for cosy winter nights, whether they’re spent at home playing board games, or out at the local pub for a casual lunch or dinner.
If there’s one thing that makes chocolate taste even sweeter, it’s knowing that chocolate is both organic and ethically sourced. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when sinking your teeth into Seed and Bean’s selection. If you know anyone with a serious sweet tooth, why not get them a gift that just keeps giving with a subscription to Seed and Bean who will deliver a selection of their handmade chocolate bars right through their mailbox. Easy, guilt-free and a treat for the tastebuds!
Got a fashionista in your life but not quite sure what is going to put a smile on their face? Look no further. Combining luxury silks, classic shapes and bright prints, Lisou is a London-based luxury fashion brand driven by their commitment to making a positive impact through their business. At the core of the company is a giving back initiative that commits to donating proceeds from one piece per collection directly to help young Africans with medical and educational needs. Further to this, they also run annual initiatives with local schools to support creative arts in small communities. Their vision is to help the fashion industry evolve into slower ways of producing pieces and shift consumer mindsets to cherishing treasure box investment pieces as opposed to throwaway ones.
Now that we’re spending more time in the house than ever before, it’s a great year to treat your loved ones to something that brightens up their home while inspiring them, too. Weaver Green is a small, couple-run business specialising in beautiful rugs, cushions and soft furnishings that are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, but feel just like wool… a textile that took founders Tasha and Barney 7 years to perfect! Whether you opt for a large printed rug, some boho cushions to add to your sofa, or a simple blanket for the winter nights, you can take comfort in knowing that your new furnishing has given a second life to plastic that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill.
By teaching them high-quality needlework, Fine Cell Work is a charity and social enterprise which enables prisoners to change their lives. After undertaking long hours of training and improving their self-esteem, Fine Cell Work enables prisoners to develop the skills to produce unique handmade products… and the results are beautiful: carefully embroidered cushions, charming stitched purses, table linen and more.
This year has probably seen us spending more time than ever on our sofas… and there’s nothing quite like the flickering flame and delicious scent of a candle to make your home a little cosier. Born from a love of luxury and a passion for the planet, Monica Eter offers their own blend of renewable soy and coconut wax scented candles, without compromising on sustainability and ethics. Whether you opt for something classic like Black Pomegranate or decide on a festive Log Fire fragrance, they’re bound to add a touch of light and luxury to these dark evenings.
Founded on the back of a life-changing adventure and inspired by talented craftspeople from around the world, Nkuku is an eco-friendly home and lifestyle brand that works with artisans across the globe to bring together a catalogue of inspiring and beautiful homeware. We love their commitment to collaborating closely with their suppliers and artisans, being there for every step of the story of each individually crafted piece.
If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’ll know what a struggle it can be to get your hands on gummy sweets and fizzy treats that don’t contain animal products. Satisfying your sweet tooth with sugar dummies, fried eggs and fruity jellies might seem like a distant memory, but The Conscious Candy Company have you covered. They’re an ethical and environmentally friendly company who are committed to finding new, exciting sweets (along with the old favourites!) that are 100% vegan – and they even deliver straight to your door! Cue the sugar-packed nostalgia.
Whether it’s a bold painting, a carefully hand-printed card, or a mouth-watering handmade chocolate bar, ArtHouse Unlimited have a range of gifts guaranteed to brighten someone’s day, all lovingly made by a collection of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities and difficulties. 100% of their sales revenue goes straight back into sustaining and evolving the charity, so with your purchase, not only will you be giving a gift to your loved one, but also a gift to all of those who benefit from this incredible charity.